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The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban China (2015) addresses the translation of hegemonic discourses

A blurb at the Toronto Public Library website for The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban China (2015) by Luigi Tomba notes that, “At times of conflict and in daily interactions, the penetration of the state discourse about social stability becomes … Continue reading

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The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947 (1999) & The Struggle for Tibet (2009)

This post concerns The Struggle for Tibet (2009) and The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947 (1999). Underlying themes concern storytelling, in the presence or absence of evidence, and the history of Communism. The introduction, which … Continue reading

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Lobbying by food industry means Canada food labels won’t list ‘added sugar’ – Dec. 16, 2016 CBC article

A Dec. 16, 2016 CBC article is entitled: “Sugar’s on the food label, but you’ll have to guess how much has been ‘added’: Lobbying by food industry means Canada food labels won’t list ‘added sugar’”. A Dec. 16, 2016 ‘Second … Continue reading

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The story that claims that bombing will solve the problem of ISIS is a story that leads us nowhere

A basic point that Nicolas Hénin makes in Jihad Academy (2015), a study that is featured at a previous post, is that some news stories lead us astray. With any story, it’s useful to consider where the evidence leads, and to … Continue reading

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Venezuela continues to move deeper into economic disarray: Feb. 9, 2016 New York Times article

I became interested in reading about Venezuela after I bought a print copy of the New York Times and read a Feb. 9, 2016 article whose content the newspaper’s website summarizes as follows: “Reporter’s Notebook; Venezuela continues to move deeper into … Continue reading

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Great Bear Lake Rainforest agreement resolves conflict over logging in Canada’s coastal rainforest

I owe many thanks to Planet Dentistry at St. Clair Ave. and Avenue Road for directing may attention to a front-page article in the Feb. 1, 2016 Globe and Mail, the contents of which I will outline below. I learned … Continue reading

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Stories and frames

Stories drive outcomes Storytelling is wired into our brains. Stories are part of who we are. The frame, within which a story is presented, is a story in itself. Stories can lead to real-world consequences as the following blog post notes: … Continue reading

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The Past, Present and Future of Falun Gong. A lecture by Benjamin Penny at the National Library of Australia, 2001

I’ve recently been reading The Religion of Falun Gong (2012) by Benjamin Perry. A blurb for the book at the Toronto Public Library reads: “In July 1999, a mere seven years after the founding of the religious movement known as … Continue reading

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Public relations in the United States and China

A recent book about governance practices in China has captured my attention. When I read the book, I was reminded of driving a red, early 1960s Austin Healey Sprite sports car on winding mountain roads in British Columbia forty-five years ago. Variables at play … Continue reading

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Chinese gated communities feature social clustering, micro-governing, and social engineering

In The Government Next Door (2015), Luigi Tomba describes five “rationalities” whereby the Chinese state has maintained control over local neighbourhoods during the transition from socialism to capitalism, namely: Social clustering micro-governing social engineering contained contention, and exemplarism Homogeneity of collective interests In … Continue reading

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